July 5, 2012
CBS Los Angeles
by Florinda Pendley Vasquez
“When you can go to the beach year-round, it can be tough to get into the “beach reading” mindset, but the truth is that you can do summer reading anywhere: beach, poolside, backyard, airplane, even stuck in traffic on the 405 (as long as you’re not the driver, of course). These suggestions will keep you hitting the books through this summer and all the way into September, since we’re including a couple of titles that won’t be out till the kids are back in school.
“We’ve selected current and recent fiction by authors who have lived in Southern California at one time or another; in some cases–but not all–their characters and stories live here too. For your convenience, we’ve listed the available formats for each title, and provided the publication dates for those you’ll find in the “new releases” section of your favorite bookstore or local library.”
“So LA is the first novel by Northern California native/Southern California transplant Bridget Hoida, and reflects her exploration of the “L.A. Woman” and the city’s particular beauty culture as an academic and literary subject. Hoida executes this ambition with flair and humor through her story of fellow SoCal transplant Magdalena de la Cruz and her attempts to transform herself into a “geographically appropriate bombshell” as she seeks an escape from her unraveling marriage and the traumatic death of her younger brother.”